Man seeks audience with president on minority rights

A man has decided to travel from West Pokot to Nairobi to protest against the marginalisation of minority groups.

Dickson Kipkemoi Rotich from the Sengwer minority group has announced his intention to seek audience with President Uhuru Kenyatta and demand recognition for minority groups.

The 68-year-old yesterday said his mission had attracted the support of a large crowd.

He started walking from his Talau home and has reached Kapenguria.

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He said he planned to go to Kitale to board a bus for Nairobi and that he had high hopes of meeting the President.

“Minority communities since 1895 up to 2019 are still suffering yet they are considered Kenyans. We are Kenyans and we were born here. We demand our rights," said Mr Rotich

He claimed that the ethnic Sengwer, Awei, Yaaku, Ogiek, Ilchamus, Endosis, Bongomek and Elmolo had been sidelined in development, employment and nomination to leadership roles.

Rotich asked the President and Opposition leader Raila Odinga to use the 'handshake' to support the groups.

The Sengwer community has a population of 50,000 in West Pokot.

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